Cute anthropomorphized animal girls? A casual story of friends trekking through the wilderness? You’ve come to the right place.
Upcoming winter anime Kemono Friends takes place in a world where a mystical material called Sandstar has turned various animals living in a gigantic wildlife preserve called “Japari Park” into anthropomorphized versions of themselves called Animal Girls.
In the first episode, we are introduced to the series’ protagonists, the anthropomorphized serval, Serval, and the mysterious character and audience proxy, Kaban. When first introduced, Kaban is found wandering the savannah lost and confused. After the two characters meet, it is quickly discovered that Kaban has no idea where he/she is and even what she/he is. (Note: Kaban’s gender is not revealed.) Serval notes that Kaban is unlike any animal she has ever seen before, and the two set out to the Japari Park library where hopefully they can find some clue as to just what Kaban is. And thus begins their journey.
There is not a great deal of depth or underlying themes to be found in Kemono Friends—at least not unless you’re actively looking for such things whether they’re there or not. It’s a lighthearted story of cute characters traveling through the world of the Japari Park. While there are elements of adventure and battle against mysterious creatures, on the whole, the series is mainly about enjoying the cuteness of the interactions between the various characters that show up from episode to episode.
Kemono Friends is basically a breather. If you’re looking for a little escapism where you don’t have to think too hard about overtones, undertones, and hidden messages, the show offers a playful world for casual viewers to sit back and watch adorable little animal girls on their journey through the wilderness.
Kemono Friends is scheduled to premiere on January 3, 2017 on the TV Tokyo channel in Japan.
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